Review – The Guild: Fawkes

Story By: Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton
Art By: Jamie McKelvie
Colors By: Matthew Wilson
Cover By: Paul Duffield
Alternate Cover By: Emma Rios and Matthew Wilson
Pinups By: Ron Chan and Jeff Carlisle
Published By: Dark Horse

Fawkes is in the midst of a breakdown. He has lost himself and is desperately trying to go back to the core of who he thinks he is. After the fallout of his relationship with Codex, he begins a soul-searching journey with(out) the help of his Axis friends. A self-proclaimed Epicurean, he looks for help in his area of study, philosophy. His Axis buddies however have had enough and are looking for a way to oust their not-so-fearless leader. Fawkes, refusing to roll over and play dead, harkens back his roots. This is not a good thing. We get to see Fawkes in his daily life, tormenting his intro to philosophy class, drinking his pain away and writing his feelings in his journal. After some soul-searching, he comes to the conclusion that in order to get back on track he must truly find himself, the real him. His approach is unexpected but will it work and will he finally find a way to erase his feelings for Codex?

Each Guild comic proves one thing, The Guild is awesome in every medium. I absolutely love that they have brought some basic philosophical concepts to the masses! As a philosopher myself I have spent years thinking (hey, that’s what we do) about how to present philosophy in a way that makes it interesting and acceptable to large groups of people. It’s such an important discipline and if comics like these cause people to learn things about Stoicism, Epicureanism and Nihilism then that’s a step in the right direction. I look forward to each Guild comic and I love how each issue focuses on a specific character. Everything in this issue is top-notch, the art, the dialog, the story and it’s a must read for new and old fans of the series!

Release Date: May 23, 2012

Link: Preview

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

Missed Free Comic Book Day? Dark Horse has some digital goodies for you!

Free Comic Book Day was this weekend, not everyone is lucky to have a local shop or a day off for the event though. For those that didn’t make it into the celebration we have some goodies from Dark Horse for everyone to share in. Buffy/Guild and Star Wars/Serenity are free for a limited time to catch and enjoy in your collection. Keep in mind after May passes the downloads will no longer be available to your account. If you’re on the fence about these freebies we did give short reviews on the issues. Buffy/The Guild | Star Wars/Serenity

 

Click a comic above to be taken to the Dark Horse Digital site for a free read of either comic

Review – Buffy The Vampire Slayer / The Guild Free Comic Book Day Edition

In honor of Free Comic Book Day (Saturday, May 5th, 2012) Dark Horse is offering a bunch of free goodies. One of which is a Buffy The Vampire Slayer/The Guild comic. Each mini-story is a stand alone and with a price tag of free there is no excuse not to pick one up! As an extra added bonus the end of the comic also features a sneak-peek of Caitlìn R. Kiernan’s Alabaster: Part 2.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: In Space No One Can Hear You Slay

Script: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Dexter Vines
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Cover: Georges Jeanty and Michelle Madsen
Created By: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Buffy, in desperate need of a vacation is convinced by Spike to join him and his bug crew for a “spacecation”. While for most a vacation involving a peroxided vampire and his extra-large insects may not seem ideal, for Buffy, it’s just par for the course. All is not good during her space travels though, when it comes to light that bugs may not be immune to zompire attacks. An Alienesque bug anytime would be no fun but trapped on a spaceship with one may be even worse!

The Guild: Beach’d

Story: Felicia Day
Art: Johnathan Case
Cover: Adam Rex
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Published By: Dark Horse

The second half of the comic is The Guild: Beach’d. The Guildies regular hangout, Cheesy Beards, has closed, turning their world upside down and creating a lot of strife between The Guild. They all make suggestions (most of them anyway, Tink thinks they should just stop meeting altogether) but they can’t agree on anything. As a solution, war amongst them breaks out and the last man standing gets to pick the new location. After some intense battle it’s decided that the next meeting will be held at the beach! This of course doesn’t make everyone happy (Codex is covered head to toe) and they all make a mess of things in a way that only The Guild crew could. In the end though they find a solution that appeases everyone and it’s a guarantee that nobody has ever seen anything like it at the beach!

Dark Horse Comics celebrates 100,000 Facebook fans with free comics!

The fans have done it! 100,000 fans on Facebook and now Dark Horse is giving away 4 of their latest digital releases to fans for a limited time! Be sure to catch these while you can, they had a similar event mid-March but those copies in their post have expired.

Check out the list:

Conan: Queen of the Black Coast #1
The Guild: Zaboo
Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #1
Prototype 2: The Anchor Part 1

Congratulations to Dark Horse Comics on their accomplishment, we’ll keep an eye out to see what happens when they hit their next milestones as well.

Also if you haven’t checked out Dark Horse Comics on Facebook just click the link and head over.

Review – The Guild: Zaboo

Story: Felicia Day & Sandeep Parikh
Art: Becky Cloonan
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Evan Dorkin with Sarah Dyer
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty with Dexter Vines and Tariq Hassan
Published By: Dark Horse

Evan Dorkin Cover

This issue is Zaboo centric, hence the fact that it’s called “Zaboo.”  We start with a flashback of Zaboo as a kid, still game obsessed, girl crazy and just a little “different.”  We learn that his relationship with his Mom has always been over the top and even though she’s a bit crazy there is nothing that she won’t do for her son.  We see this first hand, self-inflicted wet willy anyone?  Flash forward, even though he’s not a kid anymore not much has changed except that he now has friends, The Guild.  He’s into Codex and he believes she’s into him due to some misplaced emoticons.  To go help and finally meet (in real life) his true love, Zaboo stages an elaborate escape from his mother’s house.  After an awesome Saved By The Bell reference, Zaboo’s Mom finally catches up to him at the bus station and the battle royale takes place.  He finally gets to meet Codex, but will his Mom give up that easy?

I love these Guild comics so much.  They are ridiculously funny and so entertaining.  This issue features “mini-games” and a Choose Your Own Adventure style throughout the comic which makes it really unique and fun.  Even though this issue is Zaboo based, all the characters are present and captured perfectly both in tone and for the most part in looks.  The only complaint I have about this series is that it doesn’t come out more often!  Felicia Day has really created something endearing both in the comic and the series.  Definitely pick up this issue (unless you don’t like good things) and while you’re there pick up the past issues as well.  Comic’d!

Release Date: December 28th, 2011

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

Review – The Guild: Clara (One-Shot)

The Guild: Clara (One-Shot)
Written By:  Felicia Day and Kim Evey
Art: Ron Chan
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Howard Chaykin with Jesus Aburto
Alternate Cover: Greg Aronowitz
Back Cover: Ross Campbell
Published By: Dark Horse

Felicia Day has done such an amazing job with The Guild and it’s characters that from the very first page they are captured with such precision, such that if there were no accompanying art you would know exactly which character was saying what.  As each of the characters speaks you hear the actors saying the lines.  This one-shot focuses on everyone’s favorite self-absorbed, oblivious but likable Clara.

We begin this issue with Clara having made false promises to her understanding and patient husband, George. Without giving too much away George takes away the computer until Clara does what she promised.  We see Clara at her finest, shes a bad parent, shes narcissistic and shes selfish, yet somehow shes charming and you love her!  We get to see flashbacks of Clara from baby to high school which are all over the top scenarios and are hilarious.  As the flashbacks are unfolding she is also doling out motherly advice in a way that only Clara can.  Her husband appears in the flashbacks and his story is unexpected and entertaining.

This comic is DEFINITELY recommended, it was funny, charming and endearing just like Clara!

Release Date: September 21st 2011