Wednesday, March 21, 2018

New Comics Day

      Here's what I picked up at the comics shop today:

ARCHIE #29 - The Blossom family secret is revealed!

AVENGERS #685 - "No Surrender" keeps rolling on!

- BRAVE AND THE BOLD #2 - Dreaming of gods!

INCREDIBLE HULK #714 - World War Hulk II begins!


MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4 - The Crusaders vs. the Eliminators!

MIGHTY THOR #705 - Death is here!

USAGI YOJIMBO #1 (OF 7) THE HIDDEN - A shocking murder mystery!

      And I received these issues for review:

BURNE HOGARTH TARZAN HC VOL 04 THE LOST TRIBES - The final collection of the classic daily strips!

CONSULTANT #4 (OF 4) - A house of cards begins to fall!

DOCTOR WHO 12TH TIME TRIALS VOL. 1 TERROR BENEATH - Facing a cosmological horror!

DOCTOR WHO GHOST STORIES - Collecting the adventures of The Doctor's super-powered friend!

GINGERDEAD MAN MEETS EVIL BONG #1 - The title says it all.

JIRNI VOLUME 3 #1 - The powerhouse swordswoman returns in a new series!

LOST FLEET TP VOL 01 CORSAIR - Collecting the science fiction epic!


MIRACULOUS ADVENTURES VOL. 1 - Collecting the first original stories.

NINJA-K #5 - London is falling!

PRINCELESS RAVEN YEAR 2 #6 LOVE AND REVENGE - What happened to Sunshine?

QUANTUM & WOODY (2017) #4 - The baddest Dad of them all.

ROBOTECH #8 - The ongoing adventures of the SDF-1!

TOYETICA #7 - What is the campus plotting?

WAY OF TANK GIRL HC - Covering her 30-year career!

     And that's it!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Secret Weapons: Owen's Story #0

   Valiant continues its series of "one shot" issues, each devoted to the backstory of a different member of the new incarnation of Secret Weapons.

   The focus here is on Owen's Story. He has the unique ability to make things appear out of thin air.

   Which sounds really handy, right? But there's a big problem that keeps it from being quite as convenient as you'd expect.

   This is a cleverly-told story by writer Eric Heisserer, with an interesting and amusing framing sequence.

   The art is by Raul Allen and Patricia Martin, and I like it a lot. The color palette is muted, and the layouts and character designs are delightful and inventive.

   This series seems to have flown under the radar - and certainly the characters involved aren't powerhouses in the traditional comics sense, but their stories are interesting, clever and fun to read.


Grade: A-


Monday, March 19, 2018

Sea of Thieves #1

   Bringing a video game to comics can be a trick sometimes - and I should admit that I haven't played the Sea of Thieves game - but this issue feels like a solid start to an rollicking adventure.

    As you'd expect from the first chapter, this one is all about introducing the colorful characters who make up not one but two bands of pirates, including ship captains who happen to be twins (but aren't on particularly friendly terms).

   It's centered around a tavern called the Unfired Pistol, where both sides seek a map and hope to find crew members for their ship.

    So you can expect: funny dialogue (check), pockets being picked (check), someone cheating at a game of chance (check), and a barroom brawl where no one is seriously hurt (check and check).

   If it all seems a bit convenient, well, that's the nature of these things. It ends promising even more action next issue - what's not to like?

   If you're a fan of pirates or just action / adventure in general (or the game in particular), this is a good place to be

Grade: B+


Sunday, March 18, 2018


   ... for the sporadic posting of late in Chuck's Comic of the Day!

   The real world (work, family, etc.) has been keeping me hopping for the past week or so - but I see the light at the end of the tunnel, so hopefully we'll be back to regular posts soon.

   Thanks for your patience!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Marvel 2-In-One #4

   The search for Reed and Sue continues in this series that, with any luck at all, is leading up to the eventual return of the Fantastic Four.

   But for now. Marvel 2-In-One focuses on the Thing and the Human Torch.

   They have recruited a "big brain" (which is to say, an accomplished scientist) named Rachne Koul (who has her own mysterious agenda) to help guide them in their search through the Multiverse.

   It's no surprise that the search does not start well - and the trio find themselves in a world of trouble (pun intended).

   It's another strong issue in this series from writer Chip Zdarsky, artist Valerio Schiti and color artist Frank Martin - I'd certainly hope the same team takes over the long-overdue return series devoted to the FF.

    (And yes, I know I've mentioned this in virtually every review of this series so far - you can't blame me for trying!)

Grade: A-



Friday, March 16, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War: Movie Trailer

   Marvel Studios has released a new trailer for the not-too-far-off Avengers: Infinity War, and I have to say, this movie is looking to be a monster (in the best possible sense).

   Check it out:

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Nicodemus Flynn

   If you're looking for a sprawling saga about monsters, demons and those who fight them, Nicodemus Flynn is one to watch!

   Weighing in at more than 160 pages, the graphic novel pits a grimly efficient monster-killer (Nicodemus) against an apparently indestructible demon that's cutting a swath across Europe while it seeks out a man with a mysterious past.

   The story follows a bit of a winding path to get where it's going, including a trip to the netherworld, rescuing a damsel who isn't quite in distress, bad guys who don't get along at all, and tracking down a particularly potent weapon.

   It's a solid adventure tale by Alex De-Grunchy, with the more-than-capable hero leading a small band against some dark and deadly opponents.

   The art is by Robin Simon Ng with color art by Robert Denton III, and it's strong work with great character designs, but it's just a bit stiff in spots.

   This is (I assume) just the beginning for the adventures of Nicodemus Flynn - one hopes it's not the last!

Grade: B+