I am still doing reviews… just over at Unleash The Fanboy!
As you may know, I took time off from doing reviews. In fact, I still only do a few here and there, and they are usually only graphic novels, as the individual issues just pile up too fast!
That said, in the past week or so, I have upped my review count to four… which I realize doesn’t sound like much, but the books were in fact hardcover graphic novels - each of which took quite some time to read, consider and review.
From the images above, you can see at a glance, which books I reviewed…If you find one or more interesting, please click on the link(s) below:
QUEEN CRAB HC
You think you have problems…
For some reason, I never found time to sit down and read this book - until this weekend. I decided to make time - given all my unfettered support for Jimmy and team, I found myself bewildered by the fact that I hadn’t yet read and reviewed this book…
As you can see, I enjoyed it - very much so.
This will actually be more of an advertisement than a review, as I am not going to spoil anything… in fact, the “top N reasons” thing seems to work pretty well for this type of thing, so here goes - Top 3 reasons to pick up this book:
So, there you have it. Again, I hope you enjoy this book.
For more from Jimmy and his Kickstarter based projects, check out their track record (and new project in the works - go fund it!):
Support the future of Comics. Support Creator Owned Work.
Some things should be left alone…
So, by now you know I am quite biased towards the work of Jimmy and Justin. This is for good reason - they are my favorite storytellers.
Now, with that out of the way, why should YOU pick up this book tomorrow (November 21st, 2012)?
Here is a list of the top 5 reasons I would pick this book up, if I were you:
So, there you have it. I hope you enjoy this book.
For more from Jimmy, Justin and their Kickstarter based projects, check out their track record (and new project in the works - go fund it!):
These guys are a true inspiration to the comic industry and the community they create around it. Not only with these projects, but the ongoing Image series: Creator-Owned Heroes. If you haven’t checked that series out yet, you are missing out. Go get it from your LCS (tell them to order it if they don’t have copies) and/or check it out on Comixology (Issue 1 is free).
Support the future of Comics. Support Creator Owned Work.
Turbulence #1 & #2
Recommendation: Yes, Indeed!
Super Fun and Imaginative!
As I alluded to in my review of Defects #1, I did enjoy this comic series just a little bit more. Nothing against Defects, but I just enjoyed Turbulence more. Maybe it was because I had two issues to enjoy? Who knows, but the simple fact is that this story is just really fun, exciting and new!
Sure, it is about superheroes. It even reminds me of some other teenage superhero books (Harbinger by Valiant Entertainment), but this is a new and different character. He has a new and different outlook on his situation. Yeah, his story is born in torment, but he is not all dark and brooding. He is upbeat, getting his feet wet, learning the ropes, and adding things to his “new rule” list to ensure he is a better superhero tomorrow.
Now that I think of it… I may have liked this story better because it wasn’t so dark and violent. I get enough of that from many of the mainstream titles… so this was a nice change of pace.
There are elements of the story and characters that may come off as “hokey”, but that is part of the fun in the book.
Again, like Defects (as the creative teams are awfully similar :), the art, story, lettering, flow, format, etc. are EXCELLENT for a pure indie book. It is obvious that they know what they are doing, even if things are produced, “one paycheck at a time”. ;)
For more information about this comic, check out: Overtime Comics - Turbulence
Check them out… Today!
Oh, and as a side note… if you have ever seen Overtime Comics at a convention, you have seen the packaged little cards they sell to represent the digital copies. It has a QR 2D Barcode so you can scan it with your mobile device, URL to the digital copy, an image of the issue cover and links to more information about the publisher… It is one of the most creative ways to sell digital comics I have ever seen!
Not what you expected!
Yeah, I thought this was going to be something akin to Avengers Academy or even Young Masters (because they kinda look “bad” right?) … but it is more of a breaking all the rules, no-holds-barred, free-for-all!
If you were looking for conflicted teens not acting on their problems, this ain’t it… These kids mean business and they will let nothing stand in their way!
So, what does this mean? There is a good amount of violence in this book. Not all ages, but all ages books are kind of silly anyway. ;)
The art, story, lettering, flow, format, etc. are EXCELLENT for a seemingly pure indie book. This creative team and publisher knows their stuff, even if things are produced, “one paycheck at a time”.
Oh, and it has that Fringe “experimenting on children” feel to it… which is always a bonus for a sci-fi story. :)
So, you might be wondering why this wasn’t a 5/5… fair question. For one, this gives the book a chance to show improvement as the story progresses and more issues come out. Second, there were times I was having a hard time following the characters, keeping them straight. I believe I need an index of their characters and powers (something I got used to with the first page in many Marvel books I guess). Third, compared to the next book I will review from Overtime Comics (Turbulence), I believe that 3.5/5 is an appropriate score, and I need some variation with my ratings!
Do not let me discourage you from this book. It is off to a fantastic start and leaves you wanting the rest of the story.
For more information about this comic, check out: Overtime Comics - Defects
Check it out… Today!
Think Tank Vol. 1
Redefining F = ma one issue at a time…
The Top 5 Reasons you should pick up this awesome new series:
It has been a while since I felt stupid reading a comic book. I realize that statement alone sounds stupid, but this book covers topics, and handles the content in such a way to make you feel intellectually inferior. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a bad thing. Growth never happens without a challenge.
I am not going to give away anything in the story, it speaks for itself. What I am going to do is praise a couple things already touched upon above…
The simple fact that Matt takes the time to add a section called “Science Class” illustrates his dedication to the book. So many books just show us some fantastic thing, without grounding them in reality. Matt provides both, with a twist. Each of the fantastic things portrayed in the story has a little explanation (well as much as he can fit within the pages of the book), to include whether or not it exists in “real life”. He then gives you links to YouTube videos proving that fact… Very nice.
Hey Matt, if you read this, I do hope you get a chance to see the LHC. :)
Incredible Hulk #15
Recommendation: “Absolutely Not!”
I just finished this issue.
I needed to see the train wreck for myself.
I needed to finish this.
INCREDIBLE CRAP! The monkey had the right idea.
I have NEVER rated a book this low before. I am so disappointed. I did enjoy the vast majority of the art, but it could not make up for the bill of goods we were sold here with the story.
Sure, he found a way to tie everything back in. Big deal. It doesn’t save it. Not even close.
I have to assume Aaron didn’t care about this book. It must have been something that he threw together because he had to, definitely not something he was passionate about.
Some more slaps in the face:
Do not pick this up. Save yourself $3.99 + tax.
The ONLY reason to get this is to complete the collection. I don’t even know why you would want to do that, as it is really not worth anything. Keep issues 1-7 and 7.1, burn the rest (okay, maybe keep Issue 13 too).
Captain Marvel #5
Recommendation: “The best one yet!”
Carol’s trip through time continues… wait until you see the end of this issue!
I thought it was only fitting to review this book Live! during the Women of Wonder Day event on Sunday, October 21st, 2012 - so I did. If you are interested, you can find that review as part of Stacks of Comics - Episode 015 - Women of Wonder Day 2012!
NOTE: The review starts at time stamp: 00:43:55 in that episode.
I really cannot say much more about this book than I already have, other than to once again recommend it very highly.
There is an artist change up this month. We are presented with Emma Rios’ fantastic art for the entire issue. It is beautiful. I cannot get over it, really.
The story itself is progressing along nicely and by the end, you kind of get an idea why we have been travelling back in time with Carol… I am definitely looking forward to the next issue, which has been teased:
“Next In Captain Marvel: The Beginning!”
So, as I said at the end of the podcast, celebrate Women of Wonder Day 2012 by reading this book!