If Batman R.I.P./Final Crisis hadn't been such a death-tease, I might have liked this more. Maybe I'm just tired of every chapter in The Batman's storIf Batman R.I.P./Final Crisis hadn't been such a death-tease, I might have liked this more. Maybe I'm just tired of every chapter in The Batman's story being an Event. ...more
Studying overseas, Anna Romano witnesses the brutal murder of her best friend Kit. Anna travels to Florida for the funeral, but upon returning to theStudying overseas, Anna Romano witnesses the brutal murder of her best friend Kit. Anna travels to Florida for the funeral, but upon returning to the cemetery at night she sees Kit walking through the graveyard. Kit vanishes into the surrounding swamp leading Anna to exhume the coffin to determine if her friend is truly dead.
Heathentown is a solid horror title amplified by the fact that it’s set in our backyard. Bechko invokes the discomfort of being an outsider in a small town while blending in Florida’s history and legends creating something which reads like a new genre: FL-horror, maybe?
The horror is realized by Hardman’s artwork. It feels like something is lurking in every panel, especially when the story moves to the Everglades. There the swamp is stifling and every shadow takes on a sinister shape. ...more
Lovecraft and comics go hand-in-hand. Even if you haven’t read anything by H.P. Lovecraft, you’ve still been exposed to his works if you’ve read HellbLovecraft and comics go hand-in-hand. Even if you haven’t read anything by H.P. Lovecraft, you’ve still been exposed to his works if you’ve read Hellboy, Uzumaki or countless other horror titles. Even the DC and Marvel Universes have been plagued by the Lovecraftian combination of cosmic horror and flesh and blood (and tentacle) creepiness.
Against this setting (which also includes many direct adaptations), it’s hard to bring something new, but that’s exactly what Richard Corben does with H.P. Lovecraft’s Haunt of Horror.
Corben digs deeper, presenting stories which don’t usually show up in collections. Even better, many entries draw inspiration from Lovecraft’s poetry. The two stanza “The Well,” blossoms into a 10-page Southern Gothic. Lines like, “Grey with a ground-mist that enfolds and chokes/The slinking shapes which madness has defiled,” provide a nightmarish backdrop for Corben’s black-and-white artwork.
Corben blurs the line between adapatation and interpretation, featuring characters and themes atypical of pure Lovecraft. But Lovecraft’s original text follows each story and, for me, Corben’s work rings true.
With sagging ratings, the ocean exploration reality show SeaLife desperately needs a boost before the network cuts their one-year voyage short. What cWith sagging ratings, the ocean exploration reality show SeaLife desperately needs a boost before the network cuts their one-year voyage short. What could be better than answering a distress call on a mysterious island? Surrounded by a 700 ft cliff wall, Henders Island is largely inaccessible and its distance from the shipping lanes means very few seafarers have even seen it. But when a live broadcast of the landing shows the cast of the SeaLife eaten alive by the island’s flora and fauna, the show is condemned as a hoax.
Fortunately for readers, Henders Island is not a hoax. The two-mile wide island contains an ecosystem which has been isolated for hundreds of millions of years – with the resulting evolutionary divergence creating life which might as well be alien. Fearing that Henders Island might be weaponized, the president blockades the island and calls on an elite science team to explore it.
What follows is a combination of scientific exploration and adventure which reads more like a missing Michael Crichton book than a debut novel. Warren Fahy handles scientific debate and thrilling chase sequences equally well, while giving us a cast of interesting characters. His greatest accomplishment, though, is bringing fresh ideas to a concept which stretches back to Jules Verne. ...more
When Bruce Wayne’s parents are killed by a werewolf, he dons cape and cowl to become The Batman!
I was skeptical about how haunted Haunted Gotham couldWhen Bruce Wayne’s parents are killed by a werewolf, he dons cape and cowl to become The Batman!
I was skeptical about how haunted Haunted Gotham could be since the standard DC Universe Gotham City is already pretty spooky. But this Elseworlds series clears the bar, presenting a Gotham City with ghouls, talking skeletons, and snake men. This Gotham doesn’t appear on any maps and if you enter it, you can never leave. Even death brings no respite with Dark Gods hunting down souls of the dead.
Here an adult Bruce Wayne has been trained by his parents so he can assume his destiny. With their murder at the hands of a werewolf assassin, Bruce becomes Batman and a pawn in a much larger game. Dr. Thomas Wayne was a member of the “Invisible College,” a league of mortals aligned against the Dark Gods and The Batman was their ultimate weapon, but can Bruce fight evil without becoming evil?
Imaginary stories usually change the setting while the basic hero versus villain story plays out like normal. Bruce Wayne might be Batman in the Old West or he might be fighting against a vampiric Joker, but there’s no real surprise in store. This Batman seems less sure of himself and his ability to take on the supernatural. He’s challenged in ways his DCU counterpart isn’t – ways that make for a compelling – and dark – read. ...more
According to Wikipedia, Cyclops “seems to possess an uncanny sense of trigonometry.” I didn’t know that, but this isn’t the kind of superpower you braAccording to Wikipedia, Cyclops “seems to possess an uncanny sense of trigonometry.” I didn’t know that, but this isn’t the kind of superpower you brag about. “I can shoot energy beams out of my eyes,” sounds more impressive than, “I’m really good at math.”
I decided to look up Cyclops after reading Mythos, a collection of updated origin stories for Marvel’s most popular superheroes like Spider-man and Ghost Rider. You might be asking, “How many times do I need to see Peter Parker getting bit by a radioactive spider?” and you have a point, but these iconic stories provide a great showcase Paolo Rivera’s painted work.
Unlike Alex Ross’s realism, Rivera plays things looser – unafraid to show motion lines or blur his subjects or even reduce them down to primal elements – showing The Hulk as a green blur or Magneto as a crimson silhouette.
Which isn’t to say that Paul Jenkins’ writing is lacking. His take on the X-Men and The Hulk are the stronger entries and anyone could appreciate the poignancy of his Captain America tale – which is one of the greatest Captain America stories ever. ...more