Bloodshot #10 Review.

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Writer: Tim Seeley. Artist: Brett Booth and Pedro Andreo. Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse. Letterer: Dave Sharpe. Cool cover by Simon Bisley. Published by Valiant.

I grabbed this comic because the cover was cool and I don’t think I’ve read anything Bloodshot since the hey day of the mid 1990’s. Ten issues into this version and it’s cool, but I don’t know what’s going on.

Bloodshot is talking to his tech support helper guy, Wilfred Wigans but I’m not sure how. Because as this story goes back and forth between “now” and “then” Bloodshot is in some alternate dimension. He hurts himself in order to get the job done. Which makes sense for a guy that can keep healing himself with the nanites.

There’s some group called The Burned. There’s a shady group manipulating things at the end. Something called “Day of Blood” happened before involving Bloodshot’s nanites and an airborne virus…

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Black Cat 1 Review

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I’m enjoying the new King in Black series so much I went back to the beginning for Black Cat. Where it all began.

Felicia along with her crew Doctor Corpse and Bruno are going to steal a painting. It’s a lot of set up but gets this team established and I think that’s so later issues can get ready into the capers.

In a way the KIB issues have spoiled things for me. While this is very street level “normal” people no crazy super heroics than later issues, I love small starts to epics. Little painting, a revelation, and a set ups for the next issue.

I’m still loving the body language and movement that is captured every time Felicia wants to show control of the situation. Comic fans have always discussed “my” version of a hero. Dropping off a title after that version is gone even though the hero…

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Gwenom vs Carnage #2 Review

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From Seanan McGruire, writer. Flaviano and Ig Guara, artists. Rico Renzi, colorist. VC’s Ariana Maher, letterer. Part of the King in Black event. Published by Marvel Comics.

I’m getting more familiar with Gwen’s story. While I knew this Gwen Stacy was not the original but instead a younger version from another Earth hanging out on our usual familiar Earth. I did not know that that is also true for this Mary Jane. This MJ is in a band with Gwen on their home version of Earth. They’re best friends, or are they? As Knull is trying to figure out why Gwen has a suit that is outside of his powers he latches a symbiote onto this version of MJ who now becomes Gwen’s personal Carnage.

Last issue I did think this was classic married to Peter Parker (sometimes) Mary Jane and I thought her interaction with Gwen would be an…

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Solid Blood #17 Review

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For those that may have forgotten, a couple months ago Robert Kirkman stealth released the 17th issue of a comic. Officially this is an issue that showed up from a parallel earth. Unofficially I think he’s showing us what his next idea would have been if The Walking Dead was not successful.

Leaping forward 17 issues into a title is a hell of a gimmick. I’m lost, but so is everyone else. This is the middle of a story no one knows. It’s a good story. I’m intrigued. But there isn’t any great drama or tension because nothing has been built up. The characters look great. The idea is cool. It’s beautifully drawn. I do want to see the previous 16 issues and maybe more. Also, putting this on the more newsprint than glossy paper felt like grabbing a comic off the racks in the 80’s or 90’s that was…

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The Cimmerian Iron Shadows in the Moon #1 Comic Book Review.

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That’s an awesome cover from Ablaze.

Writer: Virginie Augustin, Robert E. Howard | Artist: Virginie Augustin. Published by ABLAZE Publishing.

I’ll admit, I put this series on my pull list because the issue 2 cover looks great. In fact, I only wanted issue 2, but then number one showed up and I bought it. I’ve dabbled in the Conan mythos here and there over the years but never dove in. Despite having amassed a fair amount of paperbacks and black and white magazines over the years. I think all that changes this year thanks to this title.

The Cimmerian title features comic book retellings of Robert E. Howard’s original Conan stories from the pulps. Marvel Comics has the rights to do Conan officially in comics. But they do not own all of the Howard stories. While the cover says Cimmerian, this is Conan on the inside of the book. Also…

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Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 13 Graphic Novel Review

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Published by Rebellion.

John Wagner and Alant Grant, writers.

Dougie Braithwaite, John Higgins, Barry Kitson, Will Simpson, Jim Baikie, Colin MacNeil, Barry Kitson, Cliff Robinson, Liam McCormack-Sharp, Mick Austin, Mike Collins, Peter Vetner, Carlos Ezquerra, Chris Weston, Cam Kennedy, Vanyo, Paul Marshall, Jeff Anderson, Steve Yeowell.

This 13th collection features many many Judge Dredd stories and it is rough at times. Not the art, not the writing. Both are amazing in each and every story. The entire world of Judge Dredd is difficult. This 13th volume is the only one available in my local library system, and I have a couple of cross overs in my own collection (like with Batman) but my Dredd and 2000AD collections sit at zero.

I’ve enjoyed the movies. Anthrax is one of my all time favorite bands. Yet there is something about Dredd that has never came across the pond to the same level…

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Jonah Hex: Face Full of Violence Graphic Novel Review.

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From DC Comics. Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, writers. Luke Ross and Tony Dezuniga, artists. Jason Keith and Rob Schwager, colorists. Rob Leigh, letterer.

Thanks to my friends over at the Longbox Heroes podcast, I realized that I’ve been missing out on Jonah Hex. This has always been a gap in my comic knowledge. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized the story potentials in the western genre and begun to enjoy some movies and pulps. But never made the easy crossover while I’m already in the comic store. This volume collecting issues 1-6 of the 2006 series came through work and paused at my desk for awhile. It might be the first Jonah Hex work I’ve read, but it’s definitely not the last.

Each issue tells a new story. While Jonah carries through every issue, that’s about it. Certain themes, certain ideas, maybe a casual mention. But any reader…

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Star Wars: Darth Vader #10 Review

Darth Vader #10 Review by Paul Bowler. Having endured the Emperor’s wrath and survived the test of the Eye of Webbish, the Dark Lord of the Sith’s ordeal continues in Star Wars: Darth Vader #10 with a terrifying confrontation with the Red Horror in the depths of space! As Imperial forces close in, the greatest […]

Star Wars: Darth Vader #10 Review

Batman The Detective #1 Review

Batman The Detective #1 Review by Paul Bowler. The Dark Knight embarks on an epic European adventure in Batman The Detective #1, the new DC Comics six-part mini-series helmed by the dynamic duo of writer Tom Taylor and artist Andy Kubert.  Opening with a harrowing mid-air tragedy in the United Kingdom which spells out a […]

Batman The Detective #1 Review