Challenge 2: Day 41: Prince Of Pieces (2014)

COMIC TITLE: Prince Of Pieces (2014)
Colin Blanton– Artist
Sam Miserendino–Writers
August 14, 2014
Creator’s Edge Press

princeOne of the coolest things about going to conventions whether it be comic cons or horror conventions, it’s meeting the actors and even the comic book creators. In October of 2015, I had the privilege to attend the 2015 Rock & Shock Horror Convention and just outside the DCU Convention hall were some various comic book artists and writers. At one of the tables at the convention sat author Sam Miserendino who presented me with his latest creation at the time in Prince of Pieces (which was drawn by Colin Blanton). As you’ve seen before on the blog, I am not one for religious pieces, but he sold me on one idea. He sold me on the cover’s tag line of, “For two thousand years you’ve been eating his flesh and drinking his blood… Now it’s his turn!” That alone was enough to make me decide to buy the graphic novel which he autographed as well for me. After waiting thousands of years, Jesus decides to return to correct what is wrong with the world and that is eradicate the world of sinners. Unfortunately for all the sinners, it may take the will of a young man trying to protect his girlfriend to stop the very pissed off son of God.

princeofpiecesrelexartfeatThis was a comic book that I had been putting off for a little while, but it was so good that I breezed right through it. However, I want to remind everyone out there that this is a work of fiction as it’s a dark satirical look at the son of God and the apocalypse. I though the comic was excellently written by Sam who did a terrific job at mixing in some biblical speech especially when Jesus would speak to the people. I thought it was an interesting thing because how many of us take the lord’s name in vain? Some of us may actually do it in front of him without realizing what we are saying and that is all covered in this book. The other thing that I loved about this book is the artwork because it’s very horror like in look. What I mean by that is that it has that 30 Days Of Night, Tales From The Crypt, Creepshow kind of look to it. Jello Biafra said that this comic was “Sure to offend people” and he’s absolutely right cause it’s going to, but I love it. If you’re a fan of fiction like this, then definitely give this one a shot. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A

Entertainment Value: A+

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Challenge 2: Day 40: VS #1 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: VS #1 (2018)
Esad Ribic– Artist
Ivan Brandon–Writers
February 7, 2018
Image Comics

VS_01-1Every week, there are hundreds of titles that are released that we all have to sift through to figure out if there are issues we want to read. Sometimes when I am searching for comic books to read, I usually will look at the cover and I’ll make a snap decision if it’s something I want to check out. Today’s comic book is definitely one of those instances when I looked at the very colorful and elaborate cover and decided that it was what I wanted to check out. The comic book is simply titled VS and it’s from Image Comics that was written by Ivan Brandon and the cover and issue were drawn by Esad Ribic. I want you to think of all the situations in entertainment where we had a world where you had to battle for your life. We have Contest Of Champions for Marvel, Death Race where you race for freedom in cinema, and what if I told you that society could make money off of war. Well, they already do that, but what if I told you there was money to be made from a sponsorship/commercial aspect? Well in VS, we live in a society where soldiers battle to the death for fame and glory ans companies can make money with ads, etc.

07_vs1I love the concept of this comic where we take a world where instead of playing Call Of Duty on a video game console thinking you’re a bada** with 42 total kills, you actually are out on the battlefield. You are not only battling for fame, but you are battling for your life as well. Every story also has their hero or at least the guy that you are supposed to root for like Frankenstein in Death Race and we have Flynn in this story who seems to be the super soldier who just refuses to die despite the injuries that he has sustained. At first, it’s a little confusing trying to figure out who is on what team because it all just sort of starts, but you’ll get the gist of it before you know it. One of the other appealing aspects of this comic book is the artwork itself which looks more computer generated artwork then hand drawn, but it is so rich in context. All of the layers of this comic’s art is just so amazing that it’s visually pleasing in my view. It almost seems like it has that watercolor look to it, but I am a definitely a fan of this. Check it out where comics are sold and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Challenge 2: Day 39: Luke Cage, Hero For Hire #1 (1972)

COMIC TITLE: Luke Cage, Hero For Hire #1 (1972)
George Tuska– Artist
Archie Goodwin–Writers
June 1972
Marvel Comics

luke cageAnother week goes by and another throwback Thursday is upon us and I have something special for all of you out there for today. It’s February which means that it is not only a month of love, but it is also Black History Month. Last week, we featured Black Panther who has a film coming out next week and now for this week’s superhero we are featuring the one and only Luke Cage. For those of you that know him whether it be from the Jessica Jones, The Defender, or even his own series on Netflix do not know him like this. For today, we are looking at the very first issue of the 1972 series Luke Cage, Hero For Hire which was written by Archie Goodwin and illustrated by George Tuska. We all know him as the very powerful man who you do not want to get punched by, but I bet all of you do not his real origin story of how he became Luke Cage. It all begins with a double cross that lands him in prison and the story follows the hardships he faced until the day he became Luke Cage. To read more about the issue or anything else, just click here.

lukeI have to be honest in saying that I didn’t know much about Luke Cage other than what we saw in the Netflix series. So, I thought it was a pretty cool story to read about because it adds a different kind of twist to origin stories. You think that he had to be some kind of a criminal for him to be there, but then you here the story and it changes your mind. He has a very similar story to how he gained his powers much like Captain America, but the results and what happens is very different. I also feel that the comic itself was very social and aware of the times when it was published because what happens to him in prison happened to a lot of inmates especially in the south. So, there is definitely some social awareness in the comic which is typical of writers. I really liked the old school styled artwork because it looks like a real comic book. I am definitely interested to see where they go with this and what happens when he finally confronts Diamondback. Check it out for yourself and come back next Thursday. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A

Challenge 2: Day 38: Twisted Romance #1 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Twisted Romance #1 (2018)
Sarah Horrocks, Magen Cubed, and Katie Skelly– Artists
Alex de Campi, Sarah Horrocks, and Magen Cubed–Writers
February 7, 2018
Images Comics

TwistedRomance_01-1I get excited every Wednesday because it’s a new opportunity to check out a brand new comic from any of the comic book companies. This week seems no different than most with great new titles from DC, Marvel, Image, and many other comic book companies. There was a huge debate in my mind today as to which comic book I was going to read for today and it came down to two titles from Image Comics. In one corner, I had the new series VS and in the other corner I had Twisted Romance. Ultimately in the end, I decided on checking out Twisted Romance #1 which was written and drawn by Sarah Horrocks, Magen Cubed, and it also featured writing by Alex de Campi and artwork by Katie Skelly. One of the stories in the issue takes place in 1970’s disco era New York City where they are plenty of places that hook people up, but there is one place that you go to get rid of someone. Marcus works at that said place and he is hired by a woman named Susan to get rid of her husband’s mistress. The only problem is that when he gets there, there is some secret that he’s not letting us know that is deep and dark. To check out more about this comic please click here to go to Image.

03_twistedromance1One of the elements that made me a little hesitant to pick up this comic book was the artwork. I was toeing the line between putting the comic back and picking it up and one of the only reasons I decided to go with it is that it had a similar look to the animation of Adult Swim show China, IL. China, IL. is one of my all time favorite Adult Swim shows only because of how different it was and I thought the same with this comic book. It looks different than your typical comic book and that interests me. I’m not saying that the artwork is absolutely groundbreaking or out of this world, but just that it’s different. One of the stories that I described above is called Old Flames and it looks like it’s mixing some sort of Vampire/Pennywise like scenario and I hope that this isn’t the end of it.  It would be a shame to see this story just end right there, but maybe we are supposed to guess what his deep dark secret is. One story in the comic has no artwork to it which was kind of a bummer for me while you have to flip the comic over for the very last story. Valentine’s day is right around the corner so I guess this is worth checking out to get in the mood. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A-

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A

Challenge 2: Day 37: Deadpool V Gambit (2016)

COMIC TITLE: Deadpool V Gambit (2016)
Danilo Beyruth– Artist
Ben Acker and Ben Blacker–Writers
November 22, 2016
Marvel Comics

518BnHc1arL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_I was looking around for something to read for today and I felt like reading another miniseries. When you think of Deadpool, you think of a couple of things like a true bad ass and tons of miniseries that have come out already. Marvel is notorious for at least releasing one or two miniseries (sometimes three) a year that involve everyone’s favorite merc with a mouth. In 2016, Marvel decided to come out with another Deadpool Vs miniseries, but this time it involves everyone’s favorite ragin’ Cajun in Gambit. The aptly titled Deadpool V Gambit (The v stands for Vs) and it was written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker while it was illustrated by Danilo Beyruth. In the issue, these two have had their issues, but after already having been double crossed by a mysterious Mr. Chalmers, the duo thinks they are doing a job that will fix things, but they may end up deeper in the you know what after they try to steal a Dragon’s Tongue artifact. To read more about the issues and what not, please click here to go to Marvel.

IMG_1024I loved Deadpool Vs The Punisher, but I am not exactly sure that I loved this miniseries as much as I did with that one. I understand that with these miniseries that you are not exactly getting a one on one match up all the time, but this one is just a little hectic for me. Deadpool warns you in the series about what you’re exactly getting with the whole series so consider yourself warned by the king of the fourth wall breaking. It’s a crime caper kind of story and that is what you can expect as the most unlikely duo works together trying to solve the case and get some revenge of their own. One cool thing about the comic is that you get some unlikely cameos from various Marvel characters like Man-Thing, Batroc The Leaper, and so many more. I have to remind you it’s the quips that are thrown in by the writers that I love like Deadpool telling Gambit to stop telling an origin story because you’re film is never coming out. The artwork for the series isn’t outstanding, but it does the trick especially when you see Deadfist (read the comic). The panels are easy to read and follow along with so you shouldn’t have much trouble. Read this one at your discretion, check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A-

Artwork: A-

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A-

Challenge 2: Day 36: Jughead The Hunger #3 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Jughead The Hunger #3 (2018)
Tim and Pat Kennedy– Artists
Frank Tieri–Writer
January 24, 2018
Archie Comics

jughead the hunger 3I have to be honest in saying that I have never really ever picked up an Archie comic or watched a single episode of Riverdale on The CW or Netflix. Today’s choice for a comic book was simply by suggestion by The First Issue Club Podcast and I haven’t looked back since considering issue three of Jughead The Hunger is today’s choice. A little background on the comic sees that Jughead comes from a long line of werewolves that have been hunted done by Betty Coopers lineage for centuries. Poor Jughead has had to runaway from Riverdale because he has murdered some people along the way and Betty Cooper is hot on his trail. Jughead’s cousin Bingo recently saved Jughead from extinction, but Reggie, a victim has something up his sleeve as well. In this issue, Bingo is trying to teach Jughead the ways of the werewolves, why he needs to embrace the heritage, and how he faked his own death, but they’ll soon be confronted by Betty Cooper and Co. as the battle commences. To read the issue and more, please click here.

JugheadTheHunger_03-6I have to say that while I have never picked up a comic, I have always been familiar with the overall story line of Archie Comics. One thing is for sure is that while you may question whether or not to pick up an Archie comic, I think you should definitely give this one a try especially if you are a horror fan or a fan of werewolf stories. The story itself is amazing as it’s playing out like a great horror story with the constant conflicts with not only the fact he is werewolf a problem, but deep down inside he’s a victim of circumstance. Jughead isn’t a murderer in nature so he has that conflict inside him with every issue that passes. Not to mention, if his cousin can control it then why can’t he? That is some fat to chew on while you read the issues for sure. The ending of the comic is great because it just sets up more possibilities later on that can definitely and most likely will be explored. I love thew artwork because they maintain the Archie style, but they give it that horror look to please the horror fans which is a bonus for me. Check out this comic for yourselves, you never know you may be hooked. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Challenge 2: Day 35: Vinegar Teeth #1 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Vinegar Teeth #1 (2018)
Troy Nixey– Artists
Damon Gentry–Writer
January 24, 2018
Dark Horse Comics

v teethLast month, I stated that Free Comic Book Day was on May 1ST and I just wanted to take the time to correct that. It’s the first Saturday of May which ends up being Cinco De Mayo (May 5TH) and from looking at some of the titles available, I am excited (Check it out here). Alright for the last month or so, I have been looking for different types of titles than the usual ones to share with everyone and a couple of weeks ago, I found one from Dark Horse Comics titled Vinegar Teeth. The comic book was written by Damon Genrty (Sabertooth Sworsdmen) and the art was done by Troy Nixey (Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham). The comic book is very unique as it follows a cop who goes undercover to try and catch a big mafia type boss that is smuggling goods. While on the case one night, his plans for success are foiled when a creature crashes the party. To make matters worse, the city decides to make this creature known as Vinegar Teeth an official member of the police force and it’s now up to Artie Buckle to train him. To read more about the comic, please click here.

29884p1This is definitely an interesting read to say the least, but some of it is for the wrong reasons. While I liked the originality Gentry oozes into the story, It takes a little bit just to understand what in the heck is going on cause you literally have no idea what is happening. I mean at first, it looks like you are witnessing the birth of some weird creatures that ends up looking like the singing rectum from Pink Floyd’s The Wall movie. Then you start getting what is going on and then it becomes a cool story. There’s a lot of wasted dialogue in my opinion with this comic like a whole page that just reads blah, blah, blah literally. I guess it helps build the story that takes place in Dick Tracy territory, but the artwork is OK in my opinion. It has that Dick Tracy/Sunday funnies look while being a little confusing as to where exactly in the world we are with French smugglers mixed with some real southern boy types and gangsters. I am probably going to be getting the next issue just to see where the story goes, but I don’t know if I am totally invested in this. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A-

Artwork: B-

Character Representation: A-

Entertainment Value: A-