Delightful for readers of any age, Masked Mayhem is a fun and adorable read set in the Adventure Time universe. With Leth’s absolutely charming BMO as the central character and the darling art from Underwood, Ayoub, and Moore, this costumed party hopping adventure is one part mystery and three parts a reminder that friendship is mathematical.
Toil and Trouble # 3 stands gracefully together as a wonderful addition to the series. It proves how great the creative team can be together. Truly the comic has improved upon the narrative and exposition heavy first two issues. Now, the creative team has found their stride, and the comic is a compelling read with its drama and characters.
At last, John Flood has come face to face with the mysterious killer whom may or may not have a connection to the people that experimented on Flood and made him the way he is. And just to heighten the intensity of the moment, the very building Flood and the killer find themselves in is being engulfed by an intense wall of flames.
While Power Up! #4 doesn’t answer a whole lot of questions, it does strengthen the character interactions and the action sequences without compromising one for the other. Cummings’ art mixed with Leth’s natural and warm writing are working in tandem more as the series progresses, which makes this final homestretch even more exciting. With the monsters coming after the trio now resorting to possession, it seems like the story is about to come to a head in the final two issues as the world (and maybe Kevin’s laundry) hangs in the balance.
Even with its breakneck pace and mindbending ending, Memetic is an engaging read. While playing with some familiar tropes to genre, Tynion and Donovan’s modern spin and interesting characters make it one of the freshest apocalypse stories to come around in recent memory. Just don’t fall prey to that well-crafted sloth.
With the new creative team getting a little further in, Lumberjanes #19 is a fun issue that gets more action into the arc. The focus on April gives a little more substance to the good and bad sides of her character, but there are also great little moments in the art and with the other Lumberjanes as well. It’ll be fun to see how this arc concludes next month.
Toil and Trouble # 2 is part of the ongoing series about the three witches from the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare. The comic artwork of Kelly and Nichole Matthews provides stunning visual images and a unique style. Writer Scott gives clear motivation to the Weird Sisters and their part in the tale of Macbeth as readers learn about why they started their prediction. It should be noted that the narrative boxes of the writing may seem a bit long, but do allow for the reader to get past exposition to the meat of the comic. Toil and Trouble # 2 inspires the reader to reflect on how much powers the Sisters Weird really have on fate.
A great understanding of character, tone and space show the greatness that can be found within John Flood. This series is a lot of fun to read with incredibly entertaining characters and moments that are heightened with mystery and intrigue of present and past events.
Good news, everyone! If you liked what you saw in Lumberjanes volume 1, you will adore what comes in volume 2. Stevenson, Ellis, and Allen give you more of everything you loved: friendship, quirk, adorableness, amazeballs supernatural weirdness, gender diversity, youthful sincerity, and camp (both the place and the quality of art). Volume 1 only began to open the door on the strange events surrounding the Roanoke cabin Lumberjanes, but volume 2 reveals the mystery and closes the arc with satisfying spectacle, wisdom, charm, and humor.
Lantern City is a bold idea for a franchise built around the steampunk community. It has begun life as a Boom! Studios comic series, but it is currently in development as a television series, and possibly as a roleplaying game too. For a franchise to provide enough good content to cover a comic series, television …
Most of issue #2 of Over The Garden Wall tells the story of Fred the Horse. Fred appears mostly out of nowhere, much like many characters and events. Characters from the television show are re-introduced (Uncle Endicott at the end of the issue) as well as The Highwayman, who, if recalled correctly, played a very minor role in one episode of the show. This kind of call back is especially satisfying for those familiar with the show but doesn’t bog down a casual reader with too much exposition.
Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake Card Wars # 3 has good character moments between Fionna and Cake, along with enrichment of characters’ motivation. There are parts of the plot, which may slow down a bit too much. But it is easily forgiven with the beauty of the comic’s artwork during the quiet moment.
Between the odd pacing and quieter moments, Power Up #3 doesn’t feel like the best representation of what the comic could be capable of. There is potential there for the story to pick up further in the last three issues, but it felt slow for a story that only has three issues left. With the ending of Amie getting fired and their identities leaking onto the internet though, Power Up still has potential of picking up before it ends.
Mark Waid is a living legend in the comic book industry. His career began with DC Comics in the 1980s with runs as editor on titles from Action Comics and Doom Patrol to Secret Origins and Wonder Woman. He eventually left his role as editor in favor of freelance writing for DC, specifically their Impact line, before settling in on an eight year run on The Flash. In the 90s, Waid worked for Marvel Comics on the X-Men series before heading back to DC to produce Kingdom Come with Alex Ross. He has worked on a number of Justice League titles for DC as well as Superman, Legion of Super-Heroes, and the Brave and the Bold. His work for Marvel includes stints on Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, The Indestructible Hulk, Daredevil, and several others. He has served as editor-in-chief of BOOM! Studios and has launched his own digital publishing website, Thrillbent. His most recent venture is breathing new life into the characters of Archie for Archie Comic Publications. Mark Waid is also the 2015 Guest of Honor at the Baltimore Comic Con.
An old, shady NSA agent creeps in on a young, adventurous and curious woman one night, asking her if she wants to help keep the biggest conspiracies in the world a secret. Elsewhere, a man who hasn’t slept in a decade recruits an ex-cop to solve a psychedelic murder mystery.
Justin Jordan. Taken from his Twitter.
Justin Jordan. Taken from his Twitter.
These universes can be found in Deep State and John Flood, two BOOM! Studios-published comics from Pennsylvania-based writer Justin Jordan, with respective art from Ariela Kristantina and Jorge Coelho.
The Fiction has been a very entertaining and enlightening ride, venturing beyond the nostalgic connections one has with their childhood into deeper emotions like regret and isolation. Each of the characters within The Fiction were given a respectable amount of treatment, gradually learning over the four issues the way each of them were dealing with these vast emotions and the influence that the past still had.
While it does feel like a transition issue, Lumberjanes #18 was a fun start to a new arc with a new writer. With April taking lead and Nowak’s expressive artwork, it should be fun to see where this mermai- er, merwomyn arc ends up.
After the success of the Over The Garden Wall television mini series it’s fantastic to see Pat McHale come back to the world he created. Over The Garden Wall #1 opens up innocuously enough as Wirt, Greg and Beatrice are looking to hitch a ride and get off their feet for a while. Wirt, as usual, misses the chance to get the ride and Beatrice gives him a lot of grief for this. Wirt, feeling bad about his lack of confidence, decides to walk on down the road. The world in Over The Garden Wall is chocked full of so many extremely colorful characters it’s easy to get excited over this simple decision.
The power of friendship and redemption is victorious in Bravest Warriors #36, which is the final issue of Kate Leth and Ian McGinty’s excellent run on the series. In their sixteen issues on the title, they went beyond the cartoon’s mythos showing Catbug’s evil brother and father, giving Plum a lovely girlfriend named Peach, and homaging everything from Pacific Rim and Agatha Christie to The Great Gatsby and Lord of the Rings in a clever, silly manner. This final issue is a little low on suspense, but Leth and McGinty more than makes up for it by giving each Bravest Warrior a crowning moment of brilliance or funny, which play out in a character and plot twist.
John Flood #2 (of 6) Written by Justin Jordan Illustrated by Jorge Coelho Colours by Tamra Bonvillain Letters by Ed Dukeshire Published by BOOM! Studios John Flood #2 kicks right back into the story built from the last issue that is less of a focus on the serial killer hunt and more of an exploration into …
Sebela’s premise and Sawyer’s and Zamudio’s art make this an instant “must have” for anyone who loves action and violence in their comics. However, don’t think this book is only about mindless swordfights and gun slinging, there is a lot of story here and hints at greater depth to come in forthcoming issues. Welcome Back #1 is a visceral, fun read that is well worth the price of admission.
The Fiction #3 acts as the boiling point to this pressure cooker of a series, really making a statement as one of the best series that BOOM! Studios have released this year. The play on memory and truth, on understanding and ignorance, of good and evil, are themes that continue to be experimented with through Curt Spires’s imaginative script, David Rubin’s surreal and organic lines, Michael Garland’s atmospheric colours and Colin Bell’s quality lettering to top it all off. It will be exciting to see how it will all end, as much as it will be sad.
In Bravest Warriors #35, writer Kate Leth and artist Ian McGinty gear up for the finale of their run by going to Catbug’s home planet? Yes, Catbug’s homeworld just happens to be in the belly of the same space shark as the Bravesst Warriors and their spaceship. Leth and McGinty use this plot development to show a different side of Catbug’s psyche beneath his smiles, adorableness, and sassy side eye. Like a lot of people, he has issues with members of his family that get explored in a humorous, sometimes emotional way. Leth and McGinty use this spotlight on Catbug and his relationship with his relatives/fellow planet dwellers to add a new twist to what could be only the beginning of new information and characterization of this adorable insect/feline hybrid.